2019 – 2020 CoCA Contemporary Ceramics Subject Specialist Network Symposia

Funded by Arts Council England

Sustaining the Studio – Sustaining Self
2-3 April 2020
10:30 to 16:30

The next symposia has been developed in partnership with and will be hosted and delivered by:
The Leach Pottery
St Ives
TR26 2HE

More details and how to book coming soon!

 

The Curator’s Challenge – Reinterpreting and Re-imagining Ceramic Collections
Thursday, 30 January 2020
12:00 to 16:30

The programme has been developed in partnership with and will be hosted and delivered by:

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham
B3 3DH

The symposium will explore the challenges and opportunities in rethinking approaches to displaying ceramics in museum collections.

Many museum collections hold a wide range of ceramic pieces from the contemporary, to ancient antiquities. This second Centre of Ceramic Art symposium, will question how we can use these collections innovatively, to tell different stories and inspire us. Re-considered displays enable museums to engage with audiences in new and different ways, and working with contemporary artists and makers to both interrogate collections and use them to inspire their own practice opens-up new, exciting and challenging perspectives.

 

Restating Clay Symposium: Ceramic Communities
25th September 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm

The programme has been developed in partnership with and will be hosted and delivered by:

National Centre for Ceramics Study, Wales
Wales Cardiff School of Art & Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Llandaff Campus
CF5 2YB
@CSADceramics

This symposium aimed to reframe and promote the social vernacular of clay, from innovative interventionist approaches raising political awareness of our physical and social environment, to the power of the collective conscience encouraged through more familiar events such such as residencies, festivals, co-operative studios. Each example offers a variant model that utilises the materials social appetite. This interest in the materials sociability has arrived at an opportune time, promoting not only a rich well of potential ideas but more importantly, a more responsive, synergetic practice between art and life that could inform its sustainability.

View the report from the event here!